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California’s Plastic Bag Ban Bill Moves Forward

Evening Edition

Aired 8/18/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Plastic Bag Ban Bill Moves Forward

GUESTS


Mark Daniels
, vice president of sustainability and environment, Hilex Poly, plastic bag manufacturer

Roger Kube, chair, Surfrider Foundation San Diego County

Transcript

A statewide plastic grocery bag ban is nearing a definitive vote in the California Legislature.

Senate Bill 270, which would phase out single-use plastic bags in grocery stores, passed the Assembly Appropriations Committee last week and now heads to the full Assembly.

It would also provide $2 million to plastic bag manufacturers to retool their production to reusable grocery bags and retrain workers.

Roger Kube is chair of the San Diego County Surfrider chapter. He said the Surfrider Foundation has championed efforts to ban plastic bags throughout California.

“We’re on the forefront of the plastic pollution issue,” Kube said, “In San Diego County we host over 45 public beach cleanups per year. About 80 percent of what we find is plastic pollution, and fully intact plastic checkout bags make up the fourth most commonly found item.”

But plastic bag makers are opposed to the ban and say it will hurt their business and jobs.

Mark Daniels, with national plastic bag manufacturer Hilex Poly, doubts the Assembly will approve the ban.

“We have many, many legislators that really think this is a very bad piece of legislation,” Daniels said.

Dozens of cities across the state have banned the single-use of plastic bags, including Solana Beach. The city of San Diego has tabled the issue for now.

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